Summer, Sweet Summer

The school year is winding up. Meetings and obligations are thinning out, and eventually traffic will too. The lap lanes are ready, the clubhouse refreshed; our swim and dive teams have already plunged into a new season.

There’s so much to enjoy at the pool in summer 2018. We’re adding live music events and triathlon support, along with raft and movie nights, the venerable crab feast (save the date – July 14), and classes for adults as well as children. And plenty of food trucks.

Savor the season.

Kids Raft Night This Saturday, June 16, 5:30 – 6:30 pm. School’s out for summer!  Our first raft night will be this Saturday, June 16, 5:30 – 6:30 pm.  Pool members and their guests are welcome to bring rafts and float away the end of the week.

All rafts must be single-person rafts rather than those huge multi-person ones. This makes it easier for our life guards to keep a watchful eye on the bottom of the pool.  During the raft night hour, all lap lanes will be closed. But it will be dinner time, and the Holy Crepes will be serving up savory and sweet crepes from 3:00 to 6:30 pm.  If you miss this first raft night, our next one will be at the same time on June 30th.

Live Music Night

What’s better than a Friday evening at the pool with friends?  How about adding live music?  Mark your calendar for Friday, June 22, for the first in a series of live music nights at the pool.  We kick it off with some of “Bannockburn’s own” amateur musicians performing while you wind down from your busy week.  Join us starting at 6:30pm.

Bannockburn Dive and Swim Teams Want Your Kids! 

Bannockburn’s Dive and Swim Team seasons are getting under way but there are plenty of spaces available and registration is still open for both teams. No experience necessary, lots of fun, and AP credit pending.
Both teams are looking for kids ages 6 — 18 who

  •  want to learn how to dive or swim or both
  •  can already do a quadruple-flip but just want to refine it a bit
  •  have a “best time” within a tenth of a second of Michael Phelps’ world record
  •  anything in between. 

Practice Times vary depending on age:

Dive Team – Daily Practices 6:30 – 7:30 pm (new / younger divers); 7:30 – 8:30 pm (older/more experienced divers.) Meets take place Sundayafternoons. More info can be found here.

Swim Team — Check here for exact practice times by age group. Meets are on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings. Go to (then click on “Teams” / “Dive” or “Swim”) to register.

Swim & Dive Team Use of Pool

Our swim and dive teams practice at our pool daily, from June 18th – July 20th, in the mornings 8:30 – 10:30 am, and Monday – Friday from about 4:00 pm – 8:30 pm.  There is usually one or two lap lanes open for members during this time period.  (Daily practice schedule can be found here for swim and dive.)  Our smaller children’s pool, as well as infant pool, are always open.  Swim and dive meets take place Wednesday evenings, Saturday mornings and Sunday afternoons.  Please consult our calendar if you’d like to see when the pool is closed for these meets.  All pool members are welcome to come watch the meets and cheer for our Dolphins!

Summer Food Truck Lineup  

Don’t feel like cooking dinner at the end of a busy week? Don’t worry. We have you covered. Every Saturday, from 3:00 to 6:30 pm in June and July we’ll have food trucks selling diverse food until they run out. Come out and support these local, small family-operated businesses. The food truck schedule will also be on the calendar section of our website.

June 16 Holy Crepes
June 23 Cheeze On Wheels
June 30 Peruvian Brothers
July 7 Swizzler
July 14 Tacos El Rey
July 21 Balkinik

Who’s Who at the Pool

A consummate swimmer and a consummate Bannockburnian. That’s Lynn Brownell, a pool member for 64 years, virtually since the pool opened about 1954. She’s swum, officiated at meets, served on the swim team committee, and raised two swimmers, one a coach. Her son, Sam Brownell, a record-setting swimmer, coached the Dolphins for eight years and continues part-time with Sea Devils.

“The pool still has a nice community even as it’s gotten bigger. I still go to the home swim meets to keep in touch with the younger swimmers and their families.”

Now a Palisades resident, Lynn grew up in Bannockburn, where her parents Lloyd and Susan Emerson were early pool board members and swim team parents. In fact, her dad invented the pool’s “poppit” game. Aside from her long time connection to our pool, where she serves as board secretary, Lynn taught for 24 years at the Bannockburn Nursery School. Today she tutors and volunteers in public schools and at Sibley Hospital—when she isn’t in the lap lanes at American University; she swims in the L4 Master’s swim group, and can frequently be seen at early bird swim doing her elegant backstroke in our own lap lanes.

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Want to get text alerts regarding social events, food trucks, and sudden changes to pool hours because of weather or other unexpected events?

Text bburnpool to 662-200-4303 or go to (easiest to open this link directly on your phone to sign-up)

Gentle Reminder about Glass at the Pool

It is strictly prohibited to bring glass of any kind to the pool.  Please transfer any food or drink normally in glass to another form that is NOT GLASS. Thank you for respecting this important rule for everyone’s safety. We have a lot of bare feet at the pool.

Fun Facts About Butterfly

Invented in the 1930s, butterfly was considered a version of breaststroke until 1952….The 1956 Olympics was the first games where it was swum separately in competition. Many butterfly swimmers breathe every other stroke. At higher levels, breathing every stroke is just as fast, however. Michael Phelps is an example of a swimmer who breathes every stroke and swims butterfly at record speeds.
——The Joy of Swimming
Lisa Congdon

Welcome to Bannockburn Swim Club 2018!

Whether you’ve been with us since the Swim Club first opened in 1956, or you are a new member this year – welcome to the best time of year!

Opening Weekend at Bannockburn
The pool is scheduled to be open 10:30am to 7:30pm Saturday May 26  For details on all Club operating hours go to the hours and information. Memorial Day activities are listed below.

Bannockburn Dolphins Swim Team 2018 Registration is Open
Summer swim team is almost here!  Find out more about our swim team programs and schedule.  The first practice is Tuesday May 29.  Get all the info and sign up on the swim team home page.

Dive Team
We hope you join us as a diver, parent, or just fan of the Diving Dolphins. Registration is now open and you can sign up here or go to the Dive page to get more information.  All pool members ages 6-18 are welcome to join the dive team – no previous diving experience is required.  Practices will be held each weekday from 6:30 to 8:30 pm starting on May 29.  If you have any questions, please call BSC board member Larry Kessner at 301 704 1086 or connect with him and the coach Jared Cooper-Vespa at the Back-To-Pool Night on May 24 5:30-6:30pm.


Who’s Who at the Pool
What is the pool manager’s job? A lot of things. She supervises and schedules about 20 lifeguards; maintains the pool, constantly checking on safe levels of chemicals; and handles emergencies or injuries. Deanne Lewis, 19, this year’s manager, is highly qualified to take on these roles. She says she’s excited to have this job, her first as a full-time manager, and names as her goals “to keep summer safe and to have the least number of injuries possible.” Aside from having her pool operator’s license, Deanne worked as a lifeguard for five years—three at Merrimack and two at Bannockburn— before serving as our assistant manager in 2017. She earned Red Cross certification in CPR and first aid and has been re-certified three times in lifeguarding. Deanne is also acquainted with the rigors of diving, having dived for Merrimack. Apart from pool life, Deanne studies at Penn State, where she will be a junior majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She hopes to become an audiologist. We are lucky to have a manager with Deanne’s qualifications and look forward to supporting her in her new position. Welcome, Deanne!


Memorial Day Activities

Please join us in the parking lot of the Bannockburn Swim Club at 3:00 pm for our second annual Memorial Day Parade. Children are encouraged to decorate their bikes, scooters, wagons, strollers, or other rolling vehicles in patriotic colors – red, white, and blue.  We will have prizes for the best decorated wheels.   Friends and neighbors of pool members are most welcome to join the fun as we loop around the neighborhood streets surrounding the pool.  And best of all, King Neptune will lead our glorious procession! But we need parent volunteers as street marshals to ensure safety.  Please sign up here.

Live Music Poolside
Back by popular demand, we will feature High Energy from 3:30 – 6:00 pm.  This group plays dynamic Caribbean island music: reggae, soca, calypso, and dancehall music.  Come along and sway to the beat poolside.

Following our parade, about 4:00 pm,  join us for the Memorial Day picnic. Grilled burgers, hot dogs, veggie burgers, chips, watermelon, and drinks will be available until the food runs out.

Jello Eating Contest
Ah, jello.  How can you not love jello?  During our Memorial Day BBQ  we will have a jello-eating contest for children of all ages as well as brave adults.  They will be placed in age categories to level the playing field. Prizes will go to the top three winners in each category.  The contest will begin at 5:00 pm at the picnic tables near the grills at the back lawn of the pool.

Summer Food Truck Lineup
Don’t feel like cooking dinner at the end of a busy week? Don’t worry. We have you covered.  Every Saturday, from 3:00 to 6:30 pm in June and July we’ll have food trucks selling diverse food until they run out. Come out and support these local, small family-operated businesses.   The food truck schedule will also be on the calendar section of our website.

June 9 Fat Pete’s BBQ
June 16 Holy Crepes
June 23 Cheeze On Wheels
June 30 Peruvian Brothers
July 7 Swizzler
July 14 Tacos El Rey
July 21 Balkinik


Swim Lessons
Private or group swim lessons for all ages are available through our Bannockburn Swim Team coaching staff. Private lessons are open to anyone, any age, and any experience level. These are perfect for swimmers wanting individualized attention and specific feedback on their strokes. Group lessons are limited to 8 & under swimmers with minimal to no swimming experience. Group lessons are ideal for swimmers that do not meet the minimum requirements for pre-team participation. For a group lesson to be confirmed, we’ll need a minimum of three participants. Follow the links below for more information, pricing and to sign-up:
Private Lesson Sign-Up Here
Group Lessons Sign-up Here
Background on our swim coaches appears here.

If you prefer to sign up for private swim lessons directly with one of the swim team coaches, you are welcome to reach out to any of them directly as well. Background on our coaches and their contact info appears here.

Water Aerobics and Adult Stroke Clinics
Led again by respected instructor Marianne Ross, water aerobics will start Monday, June 18 and run for eight weeks. The class, open to all, will be 10:30-11:15 on Mondays and Thursdays.

And head coach Malena Lair-Ferrari will again offer stroke clinics, starting the week of June 18: Monday evenings 6:30-7:00 and Thursday mornings 10:00-10:30. The cost is $13 per half hour, payable to the coach. Please sign up in the office or call the office the day of the clinic to sign up. Malena needs to know each session how many will attend.

Early Bird Swim Starts June 18
Get your goggles on. Monday, June 18, early morning swimmers can jump in from 6:30 to 8:30. The early bird swim will continue week days all summer long.

Add An Email Address
If you want to add or change email addresses associated with your Swim Club account to ensure others in your family get these Club emails as well, please log in to your member account from the Bannockburn Swim Club homepage and add email addresses.

Enhancements for Summer 2018!

With just days remaining until opening day for the season –  Saturday May 19th– we wanted to share some of the nice enhancements that will be awaiting you for summer 2018.

Both pool house bathrooms were upgraded this winter with fresh paint, new flooring, new fixtures, and new privacy dividers.  Take a look:

Also, smoking HOT for this summer is our new grill area with two new professional grills, counter space, and bar stools:

2018 Season Key Membership Registration Dates

December 1, 2017 – Begin registration period for returning permanent members

February 16, 2018 – Firm deadline.  All returning permanent members must be registered and paid

Early March 2018 – Remaining membership slots to be offered to prospective “New Permanent” and “Summer” members